i recently installed texworks 2012 full version in ubuntu 12.04. i am working in latexila. when i am running a .tex file the following error occured- File `balance.sty' not found.

can any one help me

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    Is it installed? Try locate balance.sty or kpsewhich balance.sty.
    – jon
    Commented Mar 9, 2014 at 18:47
  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Can you tell us what you've already tried? Commented Mar 9, 2014 at 19:08

1 Answer 1


balance.sty belongs to the preprint bundle.

In Ubuntu and Debian Linux, the repository package texlive-latex-extra (see file list) contains the preprint bundle. So you can install it by

sudo apt-get install texlive-latex-extra

in a terminal window, or use your Ubuntu package manager for the installation.

CTAN writes about it:

preprint – A bundle of packages provided "as is"

The bun­dle com­prises:

  • au­th­blk, which per­mits foot­note style au­thor/af­fil­i­a­tion in­put in the \au­thor com­mand,
  • bal­ance, to bal­ance the end of \twocol­umn pages,
  • fig­caps, to send fig­ure cap­tions, etc., to end doc­u­ment,
  • full­page, to set nar­row page mar­gins and set a fixed page style, and
  • sub­la­bel, which per­mits coun­ters to be sub­num­bered.

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